Construction work on the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust special economic zone is likely to start by the end of 2015 or early 2016, it is learnt. The port trust has already begun basic works like land-filling and construction of boundary wall. JNPT is also likely to put in place basic infrastructure like roads, sewage systems and electricity supply. The master plan for the JNPT SEZ is already with the shipping ministry for approval, it is also learnt.
The SEZ will cater to port-related industries that will also generated dedicated cargo for the Jawaharlal Nehru Port. Predominantly handling container traffic, JNP has three container terminal out of which one is managed by the port and two by private operators. The SEZ is likely to attract investment of Rs.3,500 crore from Indian and global firms. Spread over 277 ha, JNPT will be investing Rs.468 crore for basic enabling infrastructure.
Meanwhile, the Rs.1,927-crore project aiming to provide highway connectivity to JNPT is likely to be completed by December 2017. Apart from the JNPT SEZ, the proposed international airport at Navi Mumbai is also expected to attract growing road traffic. The aforementioned Rs.1,927-crore project aims at augmenting the capacity of the existing road network to 6/8 lanes along with supporting flyovers, railway over-bridges, interchanges, etc. The project, involving a network of 44 km of highways including 21 km of 6-lane and 23 km of 8-lane type, was implemented by Mumbai JNPT Port Road Company — a JV of NHAI, JNPT and CIDCO. The same company has developed the existing road network including NH-4B, Amra Marg and SH-54.